Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. - "Is America Hospitable to the Negro?"

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Taped on October 2, 1971. Jesse Jackson was commonly described as one of the more "moderate" civil-rights leaders--although, as Buckley says in his introduction, "moderate" hardly does justice to his "special mixture of evangelism, toughness, eloquence, and bombast." Mr. Jackson--dressed not in jacket and tie but in a boldly patterned T-shirt--proceeds to demonstrate what his host means, with his rapid-fire disquisitions on the civil-rights movement, on the current state of the cities, and much more. One sample: "One cannot see the Public Accommodations Bill--which moves toward some universal respect for one's person in America--apart from the jailings and the bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, and the assassination [of Martin Luther King]... So indeed there is progress, but it is in proportion to the agitation." Summary by Firing Line staff.

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